I'm writing a post about data mining and I was wondering which one of these titles sound better or more formal:

Association Rules Reduction


Reduction of Association Rules

Is there any difference or specific situation when I should use one and not another?

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    That's not a sentence—it's a title. Titles don't even need to be grammatical. But they are certainly subjective. – Jason Bassford Apr 22 '19 at 15:29
  • Thanks, @JasonBassford, I changed it to "titles". Any ideas on how I can make it more objective? – timarcosdias Apr 22 '19 at 15:35
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    Personally (without knowing more) I would use the second version, but add an article: The Reduction of Association Rules. That makes it sound more like a noun phrase. If you want to emphasize an activity, then Reducing Association Rules or even How to Reduce Association Rules. – Jason Bassford Apr 22 '19 at 15:54

Welcome to ELL StackExchange :)

Typically the order in which one puts words changes the emphasis or focus on a particular part of a phrase. Putting any given word first calls more attention it. So, the best way to phrase this depends partly on that. You could even put "Rules" first:

Rules of Association which are Reduced

But that gets so wordy as to obfuscate the meaning. For the clearest and most formal sounding, I would go with "Reduction of Association Rules". If some description of the specific type of association is useful: "Reduction of [insert adjective here] Association Rules".

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